We got pounded with snow this weekend, and tomorrow it looks like we’ll be pounded again. That’s frankly OK: Now you can forget about digging out your car today and resume your normal schedule of consuming things via the Internet. Cue Title Tracks, Bluebrain, and Outputmessage, three D.C. acts who are releasing new—-and in the case of the first two, debut—-albums this week.
On It Was Easy, Title Tracks’ John Davis (Q and Not U, Georgie James) nails everything that makes record nerds drool for ’70s power-pop: the big hooks, the nervous yet sun-kissed vocals, and that certain adolescent strain of heartbreak. Check out our review in the print City Paper later this week.
It’s not for nothing that Bluebrain cited the Flaming Lips as an influence when I spoke with the group last fall: For every druggy freakout the duo produces—-their participatory work for 50 boomboxes; a recent four-part YouTube composition the group created for the Vinyl District blog—-it manages as much taut, densely arranged indie pop. The group’s new album, Soft Power, mostly falls in the latter category, and the moments of insanity come in carefully deployed bursts. You can order the physical record here, and find it in stores soon.
Outputmessage is probably best known to local dance-night fiends through his Flat Out party at the Rock & Roll Hotel, but he’s been recognized in the electronica world since he appeared on a Ghostly compilation in 2003. His sophomore record, Autonomous, is the first on his own label, and the first featuring his spacey, deadpan vocals. The record avoids easy classification, save this: Outputmessage makes pulsing, day-glow party music to melt the snow—-or at least the doldrums—-away. Stream it for free here.